8 Cute-But-Practical Items You Need to Safely Host All Your Backyard Summer Celebrations

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The best part about backyard celebrations is how casual they can be (at the bare minimum, all you need is a backyard and some friends to invite). But after many months of minimal celebrating, it's only fair that you're thinking a bit more about how to throw a few get-togethers this summer.

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To make sure all your soirees go smoothly, you need only snag a few key items from Walmart. These eight items (big and small) will make sure all your celebrations go off without a hitch.

Belleze Premium Outdoor Patio Umbrella 10' Aluminum Cantilever Tilt W/ Crank & Base, $79.99

Arguably the most important thing to think about when planning a backyard hangout? The weather. And while a thunderstorm may shut things down completely, the sun can be a lot to handle after a few hours. Luckily, it's no match for this 10-foot umbrella that you can easily angle to create the most amount of shade.

Better Homes & Gardens Acacia Wood Serving Tray with Gold Handles, $19.94

This serving tray checks off on two requirements for the perfect party essential: practical ​and​ chic. Use it to show off pretty desserts, carry veggies to the grill, hold tableware or even serve a fancy salad.

Hometown Evolution Globe String Lights, $25.95

String lights don't just bring a dash of style, they can also keep your party well-lit into the late hours of the night (especially if you're hosting guests who'd prefer to hang outside rather than in). Plus for under $30, there's no reason not to snag a set, or a few...

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VIFAH Bradley Outdoor Wood Rectangular Dining Table, $290.98

Super chic and versatile, this white wooden table goes with just about any party theme. Fill it with greenery, add a gingham tablecloth, turn it into a dessert table — the options are endless. Plus, before you ask, it's resistant to all the usual outdoor suspects: mold, mildew, fungi, etc.

Mainstays Retro Outdoor Accent Chair, $54.99

From all-day gatherings where guests' feet are almost surely going to get tired to the more obvious dinner parties, extra seating is never a bad idea. These red chairs will add a pop of color and hint of retro to all your summer soirees.

Coleman Xtreme 150 Qt Cooler, $99.08

Individual drinks will help all guests feel a bit more comfortable (plus they're way easier than making your own), and this 150-quart one has no issue keeping a large party hydrated. Move it to the most high-trafficked area, so guests can grab a drink whenever they're thirsty.

Nourison Positano Area Rug, $36.56+

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A welcome pop of color on your patio at any time, a pretty rug is any easy, functional way to dress up a casual backyard get-together. This one's flat weave makes it durable enough for indoor or outdoor use.

Better Homes & Gardens Camrose Farmhouse Outdoor Bench with Wicker Storage Box, $165

While its main job is being a cute place to sit, this bench works overtime as extra storage for outdoor odds and ends. Pro tip: Even if it usually lives on your front porch, you can always bring it to the backyard for additional seating. And with that, you're well on your way to being a super host 2.0.

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